i want – Long Leather Skirt by Valentino

So, I was browsing The Coveteur earlier this week and came across Alana Zimmer’s profile. I met Alana this year at a party and we had a really nice conversation. At the end of this conversation, she gave me a hug. I was happily stunned and I’ve been a fan girl ever since. I’m looking at photos of Alana’s great New York City apartment and her clothing. There are two photos of her in a leather skirt that automatically catch my eye. Can you guess what got me excited?

Alana Zimmer wearing Long Leather Skirt by Valentino - The Coveteur
Alana Zimmer wearing Long Leather Skirt by Valentino – The Coveteur

If you are a long time reader you probably guessed the full leather skirt and you’d be absolutely right. I was drooling over this thing. All the standard questions ran through my head. Who is the designer? Is it real leather? Is it still available and the dreaded how much is this going to cost? Then I remembered that The Coveteur has shopping links and the skirt was clickable.

Long Leather Skirt by Valentino
Long Leather Skirt by Valentino

Turns out, the skirt is from Valentino. It’s made from lambskin leather, in an A line cut and I’m in love. The only problem is the crazy price tag! 5700 Dollars!!!!! I don’t know what I was expecting; Valentino has always been very, very pricey. So the hunt is on for a vintage equivalent or something cheaper!

For those of you that can part with about 6500 bucks you can find the Valentino Long Leather Flare Skirt at Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom.

It’s funny that I was never really into Valentino that much when Valentino Garavani was at the helm. Sure, I respected the designer and his work but never drooled over it. However, the new designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are releasing season after season of incredible design. Pre-Fall 2014 is incredible with stunning prints and animal motifs.

images: thecoveteur.com, neimanmarcus.com

i want: Leather Perforated Mini Skirt by Proenza Schouler

Leather Perforated Mini Skirt by Proenza Schouler
Leather Perforated Mini Skirt by Proenza Schouler

When I was younger I had so many mini skirts in my closet. Now I have two and I miss wearing them. It’s pretty pathetic. So I keep my eyes peeled and I love coming across unusual ones like this neon green perforated leather mini skirt by Proenza Schouler. Of course this piece is expensive, $1650 at Barneys.

images: lyst.com

I want – I got Editorials – Philip Sparks Spring 2013

A lot of bloggers love to the do the photoshoot of themselves thing. If you’ve been here long enough, you know that’s not my thing. I rarely post about my daily outfits because I honestly don’t find it or them interesting. For those of you that are curious about what I’m wearing, your best bets for glimpses are to follow me on twitter or instagram. You can search geekigirl to find me.

Philip Sparks Spring 2013
Doing my best Ginuwine Pony imitation

So, I don’t like outfit posts and that kinda shit but I enjoy doing the occasional editorial. Some of these editorials I’ve organized and others I’ve just played model. I was blogging for the award-winning MasterCard Stylicity project this season and I organized three editorial shoots for the stores Philip Sparks, Nomad and Spectacle. The shots turned out really well so I’ve decided to showcase some of them here too. First up is Philip Sparks.

Philip Sparks Spring 2013
Twirling is the best part of owning a Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc skirt

I brought my sometime collaborator with me Dave Yan. We did the Moon campaign together and he has an amazing eye for shots. The amazing Andrew Coimbra styled the looks and I played model.

Philip Sparks Spring 2013
Just hailing that taxi!
Philip Sparks Spring 2013
I honestly have nothing funny to say about this one

You can check out all the shots we took that day in the gallery below.

Here is a list of the items featured in the shoot. You can buy them in store at 162 Ossington Avenue or online at philipsparks.com.

1. Awning stripe dress – $395
2. Pin Stripe Blouse – $195
3. Navy Woven Flats – $195
4. Circle Skirt – $295
5. Trench Coat – $595
6. Knit Dress – $295
7. Accordion Briefcase -$395
8. Navy stretch belt – $110
9. Laptop Case – $125
10. Tote Bag – $295

i want: Iris Blue A-Line Skirt by Marni

Iris Blue A-Line Skirt by Marni
Iris Blue A-Line Skirt by Marni

Moda Operandi has expanded their online business and are offering a selection of in season fashions from their designer partners that are shipped immediately. No more waiting of the waiting game if that isn’t you type of thing. I love this Marni skirt.

Not only is the Iris Blue colour wonderful it comes in my favourite skirt shapes, the a-line. The little peplum is super cute and very on trend.

You can get the Iris Blue A-Line Skirt by Marni on ModaOperandi.com

images: modaoperandi.com

I want- I got’s H&M Conscious Collection Fall Winter 2011- 2012 Top Picks

I’m liking the new H&M Conscious Collection Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 collection. I picked up a few pieces from the Spring Summer 2011 collection and I see a few fall pieces that I like.

This season the H&M Conscious Collection takes influences from romanticism and Swedish folklore.  The collection features recycled wool and organic fabrics like cotton , linen and hemp.

The Conscious Collection collection uses embroidery and lace this season and I’m hoping they look good in person too.

I’m never into H&M shoes but I love, love, love these booties.

The Conscious collection will be available staring October 6, 2011 at the Eaton Centre, Yorkdale and Bloor Street locations in Toronto. Other Canadian locations are Downtown Montreal, The Pacific Centre and Metropolis at Metrotown.

images: courtesy of H&M

Alex & Eli Fall Winter 2011 – 2012

Alex & Eli is an American based brand created by two Parsons graduates, Aja Singer (who is Canadian) and Anne Zeman. Their focus is suiting for women with tailored silhouettes and unusual detailing.

I knew Aja and Anne were after my heart when I started to read the style names. As an unapologetic Star Trek fan, I was delighted to see things like The Vulcan Blazer, Enterprise Pant, the Voyager Blazer, the Kirk (it’s a jacket), Transporter Skirt and the Replicator Jacket. It was doubly delightful that the clothing looked really good. Womenswear influenced by menswear with a modern twist, how could I not love this.

I finally saw a few pieces of the collection at the newly opened Intermix on Bloor Street. Great quality and looks just as good in pictures as real life.

images: courtesy of Alex & Eli

i want: Gap Spring Summer 2011

Gap Spring Summer 2011
There are a few things from Gap’s spring summer 2011 collection I have my eyes on. I love the Pale Denim ruffle top. It reminds me of Lanvin a little bit. The Chambray denim hooded parka will be a good substitute for that Lanvin x Acne denim jacket I never bought. The white skirt is heavily influenced by Jil Sander’s spring summer 2011 silhouette. It wasn’t a silhouette that I liked at first but it has been growing.

i want: Jonathan Saunders silk skirt and shirt

Jonathan Saunders silk skirt and shirt

I love this skirt and shirt combination by Jonathan Saunders.

The draping on the skirt is fantastic along with the colour combination.

It’s looks a lot better on Net-a-Porter than did it on the runway in the spring.

Jonathan Saunders is actually available in Toronto at Scarlet Boutique. More info on Scarlet Boutique here on Toronto Life.

images: net-a-porter.com, style.com

Shopping Secrets

There are some shopping secrets that I will never give up. This story is about one of them.

The Saturday after New York I was wandering downtown with my friend MJ. Usually when we are out he takes me to his favourite consignment shop to troll for designer duds. We hit the motherload on this visit. MJ is the best person to go shopping with. He has this uncanny ability to identify the crap and zoom in on the good just from looking at the rack. What really baffles me with him is that 99.9% of his choices are so spot on. This guy knows what works and what doesn’t.

The most perfect skirt black knife pleated skirt with yoke by Chanel.
Chanel Skirt
It’s unfortunate that my picture is really shitty. You can’t see any of the pleat details, quite a shame. I fell in love after I twirled around. It fits and drapes like a dream. It’s easily the best skirt I’ve ever owned.

Can you guess how much I paid?